The National Food & Drink Industry Summit

June 12th 2018

8:00

Registration and coffee 

8:50

Welcome from the morning Chair 

Colette Sexton

Colette Sexton

News Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

BREXIT AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

9:00

OPENING ADDRESS:

Developing new markets for Ireland’s food and drink industry

Kevin McPartlan

Kevin McPartlan

Director of Prepared Consumer Goods, Food Drink Ireland

9:20

How the UK’s vision for Brexit will affect the food sector

– What the UK Government’s vision is for Brexit in term of food labelling, institutions, PDOs, farmers, customs and the transition period.
– What will happen after Brexit in terms of food already on the markets, divergence & the devolved countries and WTO tariffs
– Where technology may be used to provide some solutions

Hilary Ross

Hilary Ross

Group Sector Head for Food Retail & Hospitality, DWF LLP

INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

9:45

The Prepared Consumer Foods Centre

An update on State supports for the Prepared Consumer Foods Centre

Sinead McPhillps

Sinead McPhillps

Assistant Secretary General, Department of Food and Marine

10:10

Case Study: The role of research and innovation in the success story that is Gunpowder Gin

Leitrim’s very own Gunpowder Gin is a brand that has created much buzz within the Irish craft gin sector. That’s not surprising, given that founder Pat Rigney is a seasoned drinks industry professional who helped develop Sheridan’s liqueur for Baileys and co-founded Boru Vodka.

Pat Rigney

Pat Rigney

Founder, Gunpowder Gin

10:30

Morning Coffee

11:00

From small beginnings to the shop floor

What should small food producers bear in mind before deciding to make the leap to supplying retailers — and how important is Irish food to Irish consumers when they’re shopping and eating out?

Diarmuid Murphy

Diarmuid Murphy

Brand Manager, Dunnes Stores Simply Better Range

Stephanie Moe

Stephanie Moe

Marketing Strategy Manager, Bord Bia

Catriona Flaherty

Catriona Flaherty

Founder, What's For Pudding, and Simply Better supplier and winner of the Golden Fork for Ireland

Neven Maguire

Neven Maguire

Celebrity chef and brand ambassador for Simply Better

THE WAR ON FOOD: HEALTH LOBBYISTS vs THE FOOD INDUSTRY

11:45

MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Who has the authority to tell us what to consume?

Dirk Jacobs

Dirk Jacobs

Director, Food, Drink Europe

12:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Reframing the food debate

  • How are food companies reformulating products and re-framing the debate on food?
  • Is ‘bad’ science damaging food producers?
  • Have food lobbyists gone too far? Are the public being ill-informed?
Colm Jordan

Colm Jordan

Senior Executive with Food Drink Ireland (FDI)

Paula Mee

Paula Mee

Consultant Dietitian and Nutritionist

Professor Donal O’Shea

Professor Donal O’Shea

HSE Lead for Obesity

Oonagh Monahan

Oonagh Monahan

Technical Spokesperson, Irish Bread Bakeries Association (IBBA)

1:00

Lunch and networking

2:05

Welcome back from the chair  

Colette Sexton

Colette Sexton

News Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

2:10

Optimise Business Performance

Tommy Doherty

Tommy Doherty

Partner, Mazars

TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

2:30

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 

Putting sustainability at the heart of Coca-Cola’s business growth strategy

  • How Coca-Cola is driving growth through innovation
  • Meeting the challenge of offering consumers more choice while growing our business sustainably and responsibly
Tim Brett

Tim Brett

President, Coca-Cola Europe

3:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

What are the ingredients for a circular economy within Ireland’s food and drink sector?

A Circular Economy for the food and drink industry means preserving the value of resources (raw materials, water and energy) that go into producing food and drink products for as long as possible, while also paying attention to prevention, resource efficiency, environmental performance, sustainable sourcing and consumer awareness. Where are Irish food and drink producers and manufacturers in terms of closing the loop and where does the industry stand within the plastic war?

Gerry Boyle

Gerry Boyle

Director, Teagasc

Eamon Ryan, T.D.

Eamon Ryan, T.D.

Green Party Leader

John Curran

John Curran

Head of Sustainability, Musgrave

THE FUTURE FOR OUR FOOD AND DRINK INDUSTRY

3:40

FIRESIDE CHAT:

Reflections of the global food and drink industry

Melissa San Miguel

Melissa San Miguel

Head of Policy, VP Red Flag USA

4:05

CLOSING MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

Michael Creed

Michael Creed

T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

4:20

Conference close